Carlos Lee: Plan-C for Losers of the Bay and Holliday Sweepstakes

Posted: 13th November 2009 by Jeremiah Graves in MLB
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Houston, you have a problem. á Your ballclub is bad, really bad. á The Astros, a perennial contender for much of the last decade, have fallen on hard times. á From 1994 to 2006, Houston was one of the most competitive clubs in the National League. á During that twelve-year run, the Astros finished lower than second-place just once, in 2000, when the club played sub-.500 baseball for the first time since Æ92. á The club made the playoffs six times in that stretch and won the National League pennant in 2005 before falling to the Chicago White Sox in the World Series. á As it stands, 2005 was the Astros last trip to the postseason. á Since that magical October, the franchise has been backpedalling into obscurity in the NL Central. á Owner Drayton McLane is largely to blame. á That m ...

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